An Update On ISIS Activities

November 2, 2018

 

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Daesh Tunnel near Al-Zab (DD Nov 2)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UNAMI data show violence in Iraq at lowest level since 2012.​​ [..]

CTS, supported by Coalition warplanes, kill 16 Daesh fighters in​​ Al-Qa’im.​​ [..]

Daesh says it tried to assassinate Salahuddin Governor, killed or wounded bodyguards. [..]

12 Daesh suspects arrested in southern Salahuddin. [..]

IFP raids 3 tunnels in Hawija,​​ nets 2 suspects, Daesh laptop, & weapons cache. [..]

IFP, with air support, kills 19 Daesh fighters in eastern Makhmur. [..]

Assyrian leader says 70,000 Christians have returned to Ninewa, 50,000 have not.​​ [..]

Army-led operation to clear Daesh from the Hatra desert begins. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey leaders insist Khashoggi murder directed from very high level. [..]

 

Syria

Guterres issues clear warning to​​ Syria not to use chemical weapons again.​​ [..]

SOHR reports US troops deploying along Syrian border as Turkey continues bombarding Tal Abyad.​​ [..]

Coalition takes out 6 Daesh leaders with airstrike on Hajin. [..]

 

Other countries

Iran/United States:​​ Renewed US oil sanctions on Iran will begin Monday. [..]

Egypt:​​ Daesh attacks Christian bus riders in Sohag in southern Egypt, kills at least 7.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Taliban leader in Ghazni, 11 other Daesh, killed by US airstrike. [..]

Pakistan:​​ “Father of the Taliban” killed in Pakistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

UNAMI said that​​ 63 Iraqis were killed and 90 wounded in explosions and violent incidents in October, compared to 75 killed and 179 wounded in September. The October figure is the smallest since UNAMI started counting in 2012. Ninewa Province had the most casualties at 29​​ killed and 36 wounded; Baghdad came second at 29 killed and 35 wounded; and following was Anbar at 5 killed and 19 wounded. [Anadolu] ​​ In the recent past, the deadliest province in these monthly compilations has been Baghdad.

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Baghdad Ops Command says that the 17th​​ Army Division found an explosives cache in Fahhama, and arrested 9 persons for other​​ criminal charges in various parts of Baghdad. [Etejah]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source said that a civilian was wounded on Friday by unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle in the area of Umm Al-Kabar, Sadr City. [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source said that a civilian was shot and killed by unidentified armed men​​ in the Al-Nasr wa Al-Salam neighborhood in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad security incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED security incidents reported:  ​​​​ 0

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that units under Anbar Ops Command had arrested a wanted terrorist in Albu Ali Al-Jassem. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The MoD says that intelligence units in the 10th​​ Army Division arrested 2 Daesh operatives wanted on terrorism charges in Albu​​ Assaf, northwest of Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that units under Anbar Ops Command had found and destroyed 82 IEDs in Albu Hassan and found 14 IEDs and 3 explosive devices made with C4 in Malahma, north of the Euphrates.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on​​ Friday that Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) units, supported by Coalition planes, killed 16 Daesh terrorists, including a commander, in an operation west of Al-Qa’im city. The source said the terrorists sneaked over from the Syrian side of the border. The​​ CTS did not sustain any casualties. The source sent us photos of the results of the operation.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that tribal PMFs and a PMF “special unit” killed 4 Daesh terrorists, captured 2, and confiscated a machine gun-mounted vehicle and medium weapons in an ambush near Ain Sadid village. The source said that after the ambush, a Daesh local commander called the PMFs, through a wireless device confiscated by the PMFs, and threated revenge. ​​ 

 

Baiji

Daesh said it killed or wounded several bodyguards of the Salahuddin Governor and destroyed a vehicle after targeting his convoy with an IED in the Siniya area, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2] [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units captured a man near Zuwiya who was delivering food supplies to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said that the man, who has family members with Daesh, was also delivering names of tribal PMF numbers and information​​ about PMF military positions. The source said that many people in Al-Naml village (in Shirqat) and Al-Salman village have family members with Daesh, and are providing the terrorists with information and logistical support.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is one​​ of the major problems with the return of members of Daesh families to their areas. Some of the family members of Daesh fighters are themselves Daesh supporters, conceding that most probably are not. Those people continue to provide Daesh with information,​​ hideouts, and supplies as soon as they return. However, excluding all the members of all Daesh families is impractical, and it is often unknown as to which are the Daesh operatives. So some innocent people have been excluded from returning home while some​​ guilty people have managed to get back in. A certain amount of corruption and deal-making has complicated the process. So far, there has been no definitive solution to this problem in any of the liberated areas.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday​​ that tribal PMF units captured 2 Daesh terrorists hiding in a tunnel under a house in Thirthar village, in the desert west of Baiji and Siniya. The source said the PMFs also confiscated mortar shells and a motorcycle from the house. The source said one of​​ the men captured used to be a senior Daesh official in Baaj before the liberation.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Siniya area, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Daesh said it destroyed a vehicle carrying PMF members with an IED in Al-Tamim neighborhood, in Baiji city, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Jazeera Tikrit area, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Hamra village area, northern Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed four Oil Facilities Protection members and wounded two others in an attack on their military positions in Allas Oilfield, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov2]

Daesh said it wounded Oil Facilities Protection members, including an officer, and damaged their Humvee with an IED in Allas Oilfield, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

The Center for Security Information says that units under Samarra Ops Command found a Daesh hideout, which was​​ furnished and contained cooking equipment, in the town of Sayed Gharib, Dujail District. They also destroyed 5 IEDS and arrested 12 wanted persons, including persons wanted on terrorism charges, in the pipeline area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [AIN]​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said it severely wounded an officer after targeting an Iraqi Army patrol with light weapons in Al-A’ali village, near Muqdadiya, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IFP units captured a man from Hawija who was transporting clothes and food supplies to Daesh terrorists in the Himrin Mountains area. The source said the man, whose brother is a Daesh commander, told them that around 200 Daesh terrorists, who fled from Mtaibija in eastern Salahuddin​​ and from northern Kirkuk, went to the Himrin Mountains recently. The man also admitted that the terrorists, who are facing a shortage in food supplies, are paying large amounts of money to smugglers. He said that the leader of the terrorists is a British​​ citizen of Moroccan origins. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed a “French soldier” and two Peshmerga members and wounded another after targeting their patrol with machine guns near Balkanah village in Khanaqin (though Daesh said it’s in Tooz).​​ [ICDNNov2] ]A3maq]​​ 

 

Mizher Al-Azzawi, Diyala Ops Commander, says that security personnel arrested persons responsible for planting and detonating IEDs in Khanaqin. This follows a study of the recent crime scene in Baba Mahmoud, where an​​ IED exploded. Additionally, a terrorist was killed in Muqdadiya. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded two PMF members with an IED in Jizani village, near Udhaim. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Dibis

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that a weapons and​​ explosives cache had been found between the Sargaran subdistrict of Dibis and Al-Zab subdistrict in northern Hawija.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IFP units killed 2 Daesh terrorists and confiscated weapons, IEDs, explosives vests, and ammunition in a raid on 3 tunnels in the Al-Zab area. The source said the units also found a laptop that contains Daesh info in one of the tunnels. The source sent us photos of the results of the raid.​​ 

 

The IFP Command says in a statement that the 3rd​​ Special Forces Brigade of the IFP found and destroyed 53 IEDS during a search operation in 5 villages in Hawija.​​ [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Electricity says that an IED exploded, wounding a staff member of the northern area Directorate of Transit [of electric power].​​ The IED was placed near tower 59, in Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ [SotIraq]

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Mastoura village, west of Hawija city, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Daesh said it destroyed​​ a vehicle carrying PMF members with an IED in the Al-Fatha area of Riyadh subdistrict, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Oil Facilities Protection members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Mahmudiya village, east of Hawija, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

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Southwest (Daquq, Taza, etc.)

Daesh said it targeted an IFP military position with mortars in 7 Nisan village, near Rashad, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Friday it damaged a vehicle carrying PMF members with an IED in Zanqar village, in Daquq District. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Friday it damaged an IFP armored personnel carrier with an IED near the Turkmen village of Bashir, in Taza subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

General Raed Shakir Jawdat, IFP​​ Commander, says that the 3rd​​ IFP Division, with aerial support, attacked and killed 19 Daesh fighters in Qara Buteq, eastern Makhmur. [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IFP and PMF units, supported​​ by the IAA, started a military campaign to clear the Qarachogh Mountain area. The source said the units killed 33 Daesh terrorists, including 16 from Arab countries and a French terrorist. The source said the units destroyed many Daesh safehouses and tunnels, and confiscated weapons and food supplies. The source sent us photos of the results of the operations.

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

Yonadam Kanna, Secretary-General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, says that although 70,000​​ Christians have returned to their liberated areas in the north of Ninewa, some concerns and lack of services are impeding the remaining IDPs from returning. He says that 120,000 Christians left their homes following the Daesh occupation of the area. [Anadolu]​​ [PressIraq]

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded three IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Ali Awa village, in Al-Khazer. [A3maq]

 

Mosul city

The MoI says that security personnel arrested 6 Daesh operatives, all of whom were in Daesh’s “Office of Soldiers” (i.e., Ministry of Defense) in 5 different areas of west Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Shura/Qayara)

Daesh said it wounded a PMF member and damaged a vehicle with an IED in Rasif village, in Shura, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it set on fire a PMF oil tanker near Najma oilfield, in Qayara, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A military source says that Army units engaged a group of Daesh infiltrators in Rabi’a subdistrict. 4 soldiers and 2 Daesh attackers were killed before the attackers withdrew to an unidentified location. [BasNews] [Qasioun]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that joint Iraqi Army and PMF units started an operation to clear the southern Hatra desert. The source said the units killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed several tunnels.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The involvement of the regular Army is the key information here, as​​ successive PMF militias have not been able to clear this area, which is part of a Daesh infiltration route through the desert to and from Syria.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that two PMF members were killed and four others wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist blew himself up near Hatra. The source said the PMFs were clearing the area when the terrorist came out of a tunnel and attacked their patrol.​​ 

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that “hundreds” of PMF fighters arrived in the Tal​​ Safouk area to monitor the border with Syria, after the Daesh advances in eastern Deir Ez-Zor.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that four PMF members, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh attack in the Tal Safouk area. The source said the terrorists came from the Syrian side of the border.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political​​ developments

Omer Celik, a spokesman for Erdogan’s AKP, said that the Khashoggi murder could not have occurred without “orders from a high level,” and reiterated Turkey’s demand that the Saudis turn over the 18 Saudi nationals in their custody in connection with the case, to face trial in Turkey. [Al-Monitor]

 

President Erdogan wrote in a​​ Washington Post​​ op-ed on Friday that the order to kill Khashoggi had come from the highest level of the Saudi government, saying that the international community had a responsibility to “reveal the puppet masters” behind the killing. [AP] [WaPo]

 

Yasin Aktay,​​ an advisor to President Erdogan, told the Turkish newspaper​​ Hurriyet​​ that Jamal Khashoggi had been strangled soon after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and that his body was then cut into pieces and dissolved with acid or another chemical agent. The​​ Washington Post, Khashoggi’s former byline, also reported that his body had been dissolved. [Independent]

 

Foreign policy

On Friday, Turkey and the​​ US lifted sanctions against one another that had been imposed in August. The US Treasury Department announced in a statement that they were lifting sanctions against Turkish Minister of the Interior Suleyman Soylu and Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul.​​ Reciprocally, Turkey lifted sanctions against AG Jeff Sessions and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

United Nations

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said to the UN Security Council that outstanding issues had consistently been reported regarding the Syrian chemical weapons program, and that declarations by the Syrian government regarding chemical weapons disarmament “could not be considered accurate and complete.” Guterres added that any further use of chemical weapons in Syria would be “totally unacceptable” and that the international community could not allow such attacks to occur with impunity. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Afrin

The YPG says that it killed 5 fighters from Faylaq Al-Sham (“Sham Legion”), of the Turkish-backed​​ “Free Syrian Army,” in Shirawa subdistrict, Afrin, after destroying their vehicle. [EnabBaladi] [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

North Raqqa (Ayn Eissa, Tal Abyad, etc.)

The SOHR noted continued Turkish shelling of Tal Abyad city, by the​​ Raqqa-Turkey border, killing a child and wounding two journalists, among other civilians. The shelling came before the deployment of US forces along the border. The US is reportedly trying to contain the situation by starting joint patrols with Turkey in Manbij, and by deploying in Kobane and other border areas. [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa city & district

Daesh said on Friday it killed a pro-SDF Arab tribal leader with a silenced gun on Al-Noor Street, in Raqqa city. [ICDNNov2] [A3maq]

 

West Raqqa (Tabaqa, etc.)

Daesh said it shot and killed two SDF members at Qarin intersection in Tabaqa, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

Eight civilians, including one Iraqi refugee and 4 Syrian IDPs, were killed by Syrian Army​​ artillery shelling of Jarjanaz town, Maarat Al-Numan subdistrict. The artillery also shelled Al-Tah town, Hish subdistrict. [ElDorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal District

The SOHR says that​​ Coalition planes attacked Daesh targets east of the Euphrates, while the SDF continued mobilizing troops in preparation for an assault to recover areas it lost to Daesh in the past few days.​​ 

While Coalition and SDF rocket and artillery shelling continues,​​ Iraqi shelling is also taking place on Daesh positions from across the border. 200 Arab fighters from the Al-Thuwar militia are also expected to join the SDF in the area shortly. [SyriaHR]

 

A group of SDF​​ engaged a unit of the “Elite Force” (an Arab SDF unit) near a checkpoint in Al-Bahra, near Hajin, following a Kurdish SDF unit’s attempt to remove the Syrian revolutionary flag at the checkpoint. Several fighters on both sides were wounded. This is the second such fight since last May. US forces hurried to the area to resolve the conflict. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh senior leaders in an​​ airstrike on a meeting in a house in Hajin. The source said one of those killed, a Moroccan terrorist calling himself Abu Suhaib, was responsible for “barid Al-Khilafa” (the Caliphate post.)​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ With Daesh losing almost all its territory,​​ the Albu Kamal area has become the refuge for many senior Daesh senior leaders. Albu Kamal, alongside west Anbar, could also be considered the actual birthplace of AQI, and later Daesh.​​ 

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

Three civilians were killed by a mine, apparently placed by the Syrian Army, which exploded on the road connecting Da’el and Othman in Daraa. The 3 were in a civilian car on the road. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed on Friday that the US would reinstate oil sanctions on Iran starting next Monday. The 2 men noted that the sanctions would exclude certain countries from participating in the sanctions, but noted that EU countries were not among those granted an exemption. Earlier Friday, Fatih Donmez, the Minister of Energy for Turkey, said that Turkey was among those countries​​ excluded from US sanctions on Iran. [Rudaw]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian media says that armed men in a 4WD vehicle opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Sohag, who were heading to​​ the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Minya. Early reports said that five civilians were killed; later reports said that at least seven were killed and between 12 and 20 wounded. This follows a similar attack less than a year ago that left 29 Copts dead. [Anadolu] [Anadolu] [AhlMisr]​​ [AhlMisr]​​ [RT]

Later on Friday, Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [Ghad] [AhlMisr]

Daesh said on Friday it killed 13 Egyptian Christian people and wounded 18 when a group of its terrorists targeted 3 buses on their way to a Church in Minya. Daesh claimed the​​ attack was revenge for “Muslim women” who were arrested by Egyptian security forces.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Using women in terrorist activities is another dirty “win-win” trick by Daesh. Daesh women deliver weapons and IEDs, they distribute money, they promote Daesh propaganda,​​ and they even conduct terrorist attacks. And if they get caught, Daesh would claim that governments are targeting “Muslim women” without mentioning the reason for that. It was a very successful tactic in Iraq. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Ninewa, Anbar, and Salahuddin in 2014 demanding the release of Daesh women. It was one of the reasons for the “uprising” that ended with Daesh taking over large parts of Iraq. Daesh is using the same tactic in Egypt, without telling us​​ what the relationship is between government units capturing women for terrorism, and Daesh attacking buses full of innocent people going to a church. ​​ 

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian National Guard and other security personnel searched areas near Mount​​ Al-Sha’anbi (aka Jebel ech Chambi), in Kasserine Governorate, western Tunisia, after receiving information that a terrorist group was occupying an abandoned house near the mountain. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

The Taliban shadow governor for Ghazni Province, southeast Afghanistan, was killed in a US airstrike, along with 11 other Taliban fighters. [Khaama]

 

Pakistan

Pakistani police said on Friday that the cleric Maulana Sami-Ul-Haq, widely known as the “Father of the Taliban,” was killed​​ in a knife attack in his home. Sami-Ul-Haq’s son said that his father had been stabbed several times while his driver was out of the house. [Anadolu] [Khaama]

 

 

November 1, 2018

 

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Daesh Ammunition Cache Found near Samarra (DD Oct 31)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Non-expert Culture Minister nominee is an issue in the CoR. [..]

Basra tribe leaders send Abd Ul-Madhi an ultimatum on cabinet choices. [..]

Joint forces raid in Thirthar​​ Valley​​ area kills 11 Daesh. [..]

Coalition airstrike kills 19 Daesh in Makhmur.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

Turks’ bombardments of Kobane, Tal Abyad irk SDF, US. [..]

 

Syria

Coalition announces beginning of joint patrols with Turks in Manbij.​​ [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham attacks Syrian Army positions in Idlib. [..]

Daesh in Al-Susah reportedly​​ killing civilians who try to leave. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

United States:​​ Bolton indicates more flexible stance toward allies who need to import Iranian oil. [..]

Pakistan:​​ Khalilzad brokers release of two Afghan Taliban prisoners by Pakistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Last Thursday, Prime​​ Minister​​ Abd Ul-Mahdi suggested appointing​​ Hasan​​ Al-Ruba’i (a candidate from AAH which is part of Sadiqoun) as the Minister of Culture.​​ Basnews​​ reports that “dissenting voices” (including the Iraqi Artists Union and the Iraqi Literary Union) have increased against the nomination of Al-Raba’i ​​ since he has​​ little relation to culture.​​ The spokesman for the Sadiqoun parliamentary bloc stated that it​​ intended to keep​​ the position​​ of the Minister​​ of Culture, since it was important.​​ [Basnews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The new Prime Minister promised a technocratic cabinet. For the most part he delivered on that, and 14 of his nominees were approved; the other 8 are held up, some by political considerations. The complaint that the Culture nominee is less than a culture maven is​​ essentially an accusation​​ that the promise was broken for that ministry and a political compromise was made instead.

 

Tribal leaders​​ in​​ Basra demanded​​ at least 1 or 2 ministers​​ from Basra,​​ as​​ representation for their province.​​ This was backed up by the veiled threat that if​​ Basra were​​ marginalized” in​​ the new government,​​ the​​ tribal leaders would be​​ “resorting to various means, both peaceful and armed,” announcing another “popular referendum,” and “declaring Basra an independent province.” [Basnews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Based on much recent history, If Iraq is committed to a cabinet of technocrats, tribal chiefs in Basra are not a promising recruitment source.​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Hakim Al-Zamili, a Sadrist​​ leader, said​​ on Thursday that​​ there is intelligence that indicates that Daesh will return to​​ Iraq​​ through areas it took over from the SDF in Syria.​​ “It is important” he said in a statement, “to appoint a special committee of commanders, officers and security specialists to address the presence of Daesh in the area of ​​Albu Kamal near the Iraqi border.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

However, the Center for Security Information announced that the Iraq-Syria border is “fully secured” and that Daesh is 5 kilometers​​ (3 miles)​​ away from it inside Syria. [Basnews]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

On Thursday,​​ PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi​​ and Egypt’s Ambassador to Iraq, Alaa Moussa,​​ discussed terrorism, trade, economy,​​ and energy. [Sumaria]

 

The Russian President and Prime Minister have congratulated Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi on forming the new Iraqi government. [Basnews]

 

BAGHDAD

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source​​ reported that the​​ 3rd​​ IFP battalion arrested​​ a man wanted on terror charges​​ in Mada’in​​ District.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Baghdad Ops Command said it arrested a man wanted on​​ terror charges in Zafaraniya in addition to 9 others for other criminal charges in various parts of Baghdad. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Directorate of Military Intelligence​​ reported that the​​ 10th​​ army division arrested 2​​ men wanted on​​ terror charges in Albu Dhiab. [Ghad]

 

The Center for Security Information announced that 2 Daesh members​​ were arrested in Albu Nimr on Thursday.​​ [Rudaw]

 

Hit/Haditha

A PMF commander in Salahuddin, Safa Al-Sa’idi, said the 51st, 31st, and 6th​​ PMF brigades, with support of army units and helicopters, killed 11 Daesh fighters in Thirthar Valley area, destroyed a depot, and seized weapons, ammunition, and explosives. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that 3,000 PMF members started a campaign to clear areas on the​​ largely desert​​ road between Haditha and Baiji. The source said the PMFs captured 4 Daesh terrorists near Haditha Lake.​​ 

 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

The Center for Security Information announced on Wednesday the destruction of 2 Daesh hideouts and 2 Daesh tunnels in Rawa. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

Jazeera Ops Command​​ reported that​​ military reinforcements arrived​​ at​​ the​​ Iraq-Syria​​ border to​​ close any gaps​​ that could be used by Daesh to​​ cross the border. [Basnews]

 

Rutba

Military​​ Intelligence said the​​ 1st​​ army division and Rutba police arrested 3 Daesh leaders (Rutba​​ recruitment, reconnaissance, and rations officers) in Rutba. [Ghad]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Shammar tribe PMF fighters ambushed and killed 2 Daesh terrorists near Ain Sadid village. The source said the terrorists were in a pickup vehicle and were trying to plant IEDs near the house of tribal PMF members. The source sent us photos of the​​ 2 men.​​ 

 

Samarra

IFP command​​ announced that the​​ 6th​​ IFP division found 4 IEDs and​​ completely destroyed​​ 3 Daesh​​ command centers​​ in Sayed Gharib​​ and Farahatiya in Samarra. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Saraya Al-Salam​​ PMFs​​ found a large weapons and ammunition cache hidden in a tunnel in Albu Jarub village, in Jazeera Samarra.​​ 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh said on Wednesday it wounded a tribal PMF officer and another fighter and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near Jardaghli village, in the Amerli area. [ICDNOct31]

 

Daesh also said it blew up an electricity tower cutting off power on Iraqi Army and PMF military positions in 3 villages in Amerli. [ICDNOct31]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it wounded two Iraqi soldiers and damaged their personnel carrier with light weapons in a​​ village south of Buhriz, on Wednesday. [ICDNNov1]

In what sounds like another version of the same incident,​​ Daesh said it wounded four Iraqi soldiers and damaged an SUV and a personnel carrier after targeting them with light and mid-sized weapons in an ambush south of Buhriz, on the road between Baghdad and Diyala. [A3maq] [ICDNNov1]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Ziyad Al-Tamimi, the commander​​ of the 24th​​ PMF brigade, said​​ his troops killed a Daesh leader nicknamed​​ The GPS​​ north of Muqdadiya.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security source in Kirkuk reported on Thursday that 2 electricity towers were destroyed by​​ Daesh​​ IEDs in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said on Thursday it damaged an IFP vehicle with an IED near Barima village. [A3maq]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

The PMF and IFP have searched “successfully” for Daesh cells in Daquq according to PMF media. [PressIraq]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

The IFP announced on Thursday that 19 Daesh members were killed in a Coalition airstrike in Makhmur. [Sumaria]​​ [Basnews]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

IFP announced on Thursday that it removed 10 IEDs​​ in​​ Mosul District. [Sumaria]

 

The PMF searched at least 5 villages south​​ of​​ Mosul​​ city, and found stacks of explosive devices and shells left by Daesh.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

On Thursday PMFs​​ searched seven villages in Tal Afar for wanted people. [PressIraq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a commander, who were hiding in a tunnel in the Abu Mariya Hills area. The source said one PMF member was killed and another wounded in the clashes.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

PMF forces killed 5 Daesh fighters in coordination with the Salahuddin Ops Command and found Daesh depots in Al-Hadar.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Baaj

A military source says an IED targeted an army patrol in Baaj​​ killing 1 soldier and wounding 7 others.​​ [Basnews]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

A Turkish military source said on Thursday, that Turkish airstrikes struck PKK shelters and killed 5 PKK fighters in Zab and​​ Gare.​​ [Basnews]

 

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

A spokesman for the SDF said that the Turkish attacks on Kobane​​ contribute to the survival of Daesh.​​ It said​​ “The world” is required to take a moral position on Turkey’s attacks on the areas of Kobane​​ and Tal Abyad.” ​​ [Rudaw]​​ We reported yesterday that the Turks shelled both cities.

 

Also see below under Syria, National News

 

Military & security developments

The Turkish Defense Ministry stated that Turkey must continue its operations against the PKK in Iraq because neither the Iraqi government nor the Kurdistan government were exerting enough effort to counter Kurdish terrorism.[BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Foreign policy

United States

Alluding to the Kobane story above, the State Department​​ described the Turkish bombardment of Kurdish areas in Syria as “worrisome,​​ given the possibility of​​ the​​ presence of​​ US citizens in these locations”​​ and called on Turkey to coordinate with the US.​​ ​​ It​​ said that the US warned both Turkey and the SDF against escalating the situation.​​ [ElDorar]

 

According to a statement from the US Justice Department,​​ Mohamed Younis Jiyaab, a 25 year old​​ Syrian refugee in the US,​​ pled guilty to terrorism-related charges.​​ He​​ had​​ traveled​​ to Syria to fight​​ with Ansar Al-Islam​​ in 2013 and provided “material support” to terrorists.​​ [Hawar]​​ [France24]

 

Northwest

Manbij

Thursday morning, the Coalition and Turkish military combined joint patrols in Manbij, in order, it was said,​​ to complement the local security structure, to protect civilians and defeat Daesh. [CJTF]

 

Northeast​​ 

Raqqa

North Raqqa​​ (Ayn Eissa,​​ Tal Abyad, etc.)

On Thursday, the Coalition announced that it attempted to decrease tensions between the SDF and Turkey after the bombing against the YPG in Tal Abyad​​ (in Raqqa)​​ and Kobane​​ (in Ayn Al-Arab). [Qasioun]

 

Ayn Al-Arab

SOHR​​ reported that the SDF has sent reinforcements to border areas under Turkish bombardment. The SDF said that Turkey and its affiliated militias are preparing a military operation against the Kurds. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

SOHR​​ says​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ initiated an attack on Syrian Army positions​​ in Idlib, resulting in​​ casualties on both sides, before withdrawing. At least​​ 1​​ Tahrir Al-Sham fighter was killed.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

On Thursday,​​ Tahrir Al-Sham​​ announced that it killed 10 Syrian Army soldiers, wounded others, and destroyed a car in Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

SOHR​​ said​​ 100 special forces troops arrived​​ in​​ Deir Ez-Zor from Kobane,​​ making the total mobilized by the SDF​​ 1,100 special forces soldiers in addition to thousands of tribesmen, and backed by the Coalition in preparation​​ for​​ a​​ new offensive against Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin​​ District

SDF reported that it killed 3 Daesh fighters while blocking a Daesh attack against itself in Suwaidan. [Qasioun]

Daesh said on Thursday it killed an SDF member and wounded two others in an attack in Suwaidan village, in Dhiban subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a pickup vehicle in an airstrike near​​ Al-Susah. The source said one of the killed was the deputy military commander of the Al-Susah area, an Iraqi terrorist called Ghazi Al-Mohammedi. The source said the group was responsible for preventing civilians from leaving the town, and had killed many people who tried to leave.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The last sentence is confirmation that Daesh is using a human shields strategy to discourage bombing on its positions (by forcing civilians to​​ remain at​​ those​​ locations).

 

SOHR​​ reported continued shelling by the SDF and the Coalition against Daesh in Hajin. Coalition airstrikes on Al-Azraq field took less than an hour. The SDF temporarily stopped operations in protest of Turkish bombardment on Kurdish areas north of Syria. [SyriaHR]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Daesh said on Thursday it killed or wounded 20 Syrian soldiers in an attack in the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan/Lebanon

The​​ National Interest​​ published an article​​ suggesting​​ Daesh may soon​​ take root​​ in Jordan, reasoning that​​ terrorist incidents have increased​​ there​​ since 2015 and that Jordan is the 3rd largest exporter of foreign fighters to Syria. The author also said Jordan’s Syrian refugees are potential terror recruits.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [National]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

The​​ Yemeni government,​​ support by the Arab Coalition,​​ welcomed international calls to start​​ efforts to build trust.​​ On Wednesday, the US called​​ on​​ Yemeni parties to engage in peace talks within 30 days.​​ [Hawar]

 

The Arab Coalition​​ in Yemen​​ led by Saudi Arabia mobilized thousands of soldiers near Hodeida to force​​ the​​ Houthis​​ to engage in negotiations. [Hawar]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian​​ Army announced on Thursday​​ that​​ 1 officer and 18 militants were killed in north​​ Sinai8​​ ​​ in​​ the​​ Delta and 10 in Arish. [Anadolu]

 

The Egyptian​​ Army destroyed 25 vehicles, killed at least 8 armed extremists, and seized 2 rifles,​​ 2 shotguns, and “many” explosives in​​ the​​ Sinai. [AhlMisr]

​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

Libya/Tunisia

On Thursday,​​ a military company detonated 12 tons of war debris that it had found when Sirte and other cities​​ were​​ liberated from Daesh.​​ [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

John Bolton said​​ the US does not want to​​ adversely affect​​ its allies who are​​ dependent on Iranian oil,​​ now that​​ the new sanctions​​ are in place against Iran.​​ Bolton said the US is studying ​​ possible methods for dealing with the fact that some of its allies​​ cannot​​ immediately​​ stop​​ importing Iranian oil. [BasNews]​​ 

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Thursday it shot and killed a Somali customs employee on Street 30, in Bosaso city. [A3maq]

 

ASIA

Pakistan

Pakistan released 2​​ leaders of​​ the​​ Afghan Taliban, following a meeting between​​ US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, Pakistani leaders,​​ and Taliban officials in Doha. ​​ [Anadolu]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published the 154th​​ issue of its​​ Naba​​ magazine on Thursday.​​ This issue​​ includes​​ an infographic about its operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, west Africa, and Yemen. It​​ said it said it conducted 85 attacks, killing or wounding more than 435 people and destroying 53 vehicles.​​ Also in this issue, Daesh said that one of its terrorists, who claimed to be an Afghan soldier, conducted the October 22 attack against Coalition soldiers in Shindand “commando base” in Herat. Daesh claimed that the terrorist had been planning the attack for a long time. It said that three Coalition soldiers were killed and others, including Americans, were wounded in the attack. Daesh published 2 photos of the terrorist, one in Afghan military uniform and one in the coffin. Daesh also claimed it killed or wounded more than 285 SDF members, captured 21, destroyed 27 vehicles, and captured 16 in the ongoing battles in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNNov1]

An Afghan soldier​​ had​​ opened fire on a Czech military vehicle on Monday, October 22, killing one and injuring two members of the Czech military mission in Afghanistan. ​​ The shooting took place at a military facility in western Afghanistan and seems to have been carried out by a lone gunman serving in the Afghan security forces.

Czech defense minister, Lubomír Metnar, revealed further details at a press conference held on Tuesday morning. “Yesterday, around mid-day, an attack on one of our units took place at the Shindand base, during which Corporal Tomáš Procházka was mortally wounded and two of his comrades injured. The wounded were given medical attention and transferred to the military hospital in Bagram.”

The attack took place within the military camp, which is divided into sections of various military contingents and the troops were therefore lightly defended. The Taliban has since claimed responsibility.

 However, two Afghan officials quoted by the​​ New York Times​​ claim that an argument within the Afghan contingent took place just before the shooting and that the attacker may have been influenced by social media propaganda relating to last week’s assassination of Afghan police general Abdul Raziq, a revered figure among the country’s security forces.

 The attacker opened fire with an M14 assault rifle from a distance of around 80–100 meters on a Czech vehicle returning from a routine mission, collecting building materials for the base. Chief of the General Staff, Aleš Opata, said “This was an insider attack which did not specifically target Czech soldiers, but coalition forces. The attacker was not a member of one of the units that our own soldiers are mentoring. It should also be noted that Afghan forces immediately subdued the attacker.” [Radio.CZ]

The Taliban had also claimed responsibility for the attack, a spokesman for the insurgents said in an emailed statement. [Reuters]

October 31, 2018

 

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Coalition Airstrikes in the Shirqat Area (DD Oct 31)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Multiple factors have caused increased Daesh attacks in Hawija. [..]

Daesh executes 6 civilians in Tal Afar. [..]

Security expert says there are 500 Daesh fighters in Erbil province. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkish prosecutor says Khashoggi was strangled, then dismembered.​​ [..]

US objects to Turkish bombardment of Kobane, Tal Abyad across Syrian border.​​ [..]

 

Syria

Guterres will appoint Norwegian diplomat to replace De Mistura. [..]

Jeffery clarifies US policy on political settlement in Syria. [..]

PYD criticizes European states for not taking its Daesh members back. [..]

Tahrir Al-Sham, National Liberation Front reach a truce in Idlib. [..]

Coalition airstrikes slam Daesh positions in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Russia counts 57 Daesh attacks on SDF + 300 casualties, since September 1.​​ [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Yemen: ​​ Mattis calls for a Yemen ceasefire within 30 days.​​ [..]

Afghanistan: ​​​​ 7 prison staff killed by suicide bomber in Kabul. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

An Iraqi source​​ reported that some political actors wanted​​ to appoint Haider Al-Abadi as the​​ permanent head of the PMF commission.​​ It said Al-Abadi’s bloc deserves​​ the​​ position given its electoral​​ successes. ​​ Al-Abadi​​ has been​​ the acting head of the commission since he dismissed Falih Al-Fayyad​​ from office. [Basnews]

 

New CoR

On Wednesday Iraq’s parliament speaker asked the Justice and Accountability Commission to verify any possible links of new government ministers to Saddam Hussein’s Baath party. [Anadolu]

 

Corruption

On Wednesday, Iraqi activists announced the creation of the first Iraqi watchdog organization for human trafficking, The Iraqi Observatory for Victims of Human Trafficking. It said that human trafficking has become urgent and volatile in Iraq. Weak law enforcement and the spread of terror groups in many parts of the country helped to enhance this phenomenon. ​​ [Rudaw]

 

Iraq-KRG Issues

Adana Mohammed, a CoR member for the KDP,​​ stated​​ the Iraq​​ budget​​ for​​ 2019 is unfair to Kurds, saying​​ that​​ in its present form​​ it​​ should not be passed. He​​ criticized​​ the budget​​ for using the term​​ “north of Iraq” and​​ the​​ provinces of Erbil, Dahuk,​​ and Suleimaniya instead of​​ saying​​ Kurdistan​​ Regional Government​​ as stated in the constitution.​​ The budget put the​​ Kurds’ percentage at 12.6% instead of the previously adopted 17%. [Sumaria]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Iraqi intelligence reports that Daesh has regrouped and developed new strategies for several provinces including Salahuddin, Ninewa, Anbar, Diyala, and Kirkuk. [Dijlah]

 

Baghdad​​ Operations​​ Command​​ reported that​​ the​​ operation​​ to help secure​​ the pilgrimage of Shia​​ for the​​ commemoration of Imam Hussein​​ resulted in killing 4 terrorists, arresting dozens of others, and, it claims,​​ protecting millions of people heading towards Karbala.​​ [Sumaria]

 

The central penal court in Baghdad acquitted a Swedish woman of terror charges for lack of evidence. She received a term of 6 months imprisonment for illegal entry and residence in the country. The woman came to Tal Afar with her husband in 2016, before he was killed in an airstrike. [Rudaw] [MC]

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Center for Security Information reported that the Iraqi Army found 10 IEDs in Humaira and 9 others near Habbaniya Lake, while destroying 31 more in Albu Hassan. ​​ Army units also found and destroyed 31 IEDs in Karbala. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that tribal PMFs stopped a Daesh attack on the Bani Daher area, west of Haditha, killing 2 terrorists. The source said a tribal PMF fighter was also killed. The source said the​​ remaining​​ terrorists fled north towards​​ the​​ Ninewa desert.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Kata’eb Hezbollah units killed 2 Daesh members and found 88 IEDs and 4 explosives vests in a tunnel near the Haditha Lake.​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

The Minister​​ of Defense announced on Wednesday that the “security conditions” in Al-Qa’im were “good.”​​ He attributed the “return of normal life” to the presence of his forces.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that 4 AAH members were killed when a Daesh suicide bomber attacked them in the Phosphate Compound,​​ near​​ Al-Qa’im. The source said the AAH killed another suicide bomber before he set off his explosives vest.​​ 

 

Rutba

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed four Iraqi soldiers and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Saqqar area, near Rutba. [ICDNOct31]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that PMF units killed 2 Daesh terrorists and captured another; they​​ were hiding in a tunnel near Ain Sadid village​​ in far western Shirqat. The source said the units also found weapons, IEDs, and photography equipment in the tunnel.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that two Shammar tribe PMF members were killed and another wounded in a Daesh attack on Ain Sadid village. The source said Daesh terrorists also blew up the house of 4 tribal PMF members. The village has been empty since the liberation.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Coalition planes killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a commander from Tal Afar, and destroyed their vehicle in an airstrike near Al-Khanuqa village. The source sent us photos of the results of the airstrike.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that four PMF members were killed and their vehicles damaged in an IED explosion near Al-Salman village​​ in eastern Shirqat.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that IAA​​ helicopters​​ destroyed a Daesh tunnel west of Baiji, killing 3 terrorists. The source also said that Salahuddin Operations Command and Salahuddin Police units launched a search in several villages west of Baiji. The source said the units destroyed a tunnel, 4 safehouses,​​ and an​​ explosives cache.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said that PMF units captured​​ 4 women​​ on Friday near Al-Zuwiya village. The source said the women were delivering ammunition and food supplies to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul​​ Mountains area. The source said one of the women admitted that her husband, a local Daesh commander, told her to bring the supplies after security units captured several male smugglers.​​ 

 

Samarra

PMF media reported that a PMF unit​​ found a weapon storehouse in​​ near​​ Albu Grop​​ (spelling approx.),​​ in​​ the​​ Samarra desert, as well as​​ a rocket launcher, rockets,​​ ammunition,​​ and​​ “many” IEDs. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh said it attacked the house of a PMF “intelligence member” in the Albu Jarub area, in Jazeera Samarra, on Tuesday, and set​​ two​​ of his vehicles on fire. [ICDNOct31]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

The Peshmerga,​​ in coordination with French​​ soldiers,​​ killed 4 Daesh fighters in Tuz Khurmatu​​ on Wednesday. [Basnews]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded a PMF member in an attack near Bu Ahmed village, in Amerli. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers with an IED in Abboud village in Amerli on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin,​​ Khalis​​ north)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that a Badr commander was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by a roadside IED near the Udhaim Dam. The source said that many Daesh terrorists have returned to the area recently.​​ 

 

Diyala police commander announced that the so-called “head of weapons” for Daesh has been arrested in the Himrin area. [BaghdadToday]

 

Commander of Diyala Ops,​​ General​​ Mizher Al-Azzawi​​ ,said an Iraqi Army unit ambushed and arrested a group of persons accused of planting IEDs in Khanaqin. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Diyala police announced on Wednesday that an IED detonated near a shrine and damaged one of its walls in Khanaqin. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it destroyed an SUV carrying Counter Terrorism Service members with an IED in Ali Saadoun village, in Khanaqin, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed a PMF member and wounded another with an IED in Al-Islah village, in Jalawla. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security sources reported that IFP units have begun clearing Hawija of Daesh members. [AynAlIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The absurdity of this claim is amplified by the following report.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh attacks increased significantly in the Hawija area, especially in Riyadh, because hundreds of Daesh terrorists had fled from northern Salahuddin recently. The source also said that many Daesh families had returned to the area, and many of these families are providing help and shelter to the terrorists. In addition, the source said the Peshmerga had released hundreds of captured Daesh members​​ last year, many of whom returned to the Hawija area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Monday that two PMF members were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by an IED on the road between Abbasi and Al-Sada village.

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

Daesh said it targeted the house of a tribal PMF member in Shayala Al-Imam village, southwest of Makhmur, with light weapons and an RPG rocket on Tuesday, causing damage. [ICDNOct31]​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

Military Intelligence said​​ its units operating in Ninewa found an explosives and ammunition cache in the old area​​ in​​ east Mosul. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that two children were killed and another wounded when a Daesh leftover IED exploded on them near Al-Nouri Mosque in Old Mosul.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This was one of the most intensely contested locations during the campaign against Daesh in downtown Mosul.

 

Mosul District

South (Shura)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that four tribal PMF members were severely wounded when a roadside IED destroyed their vehicle in Shura. The source said people expect that more attacks will happen in the area because of the return of Daesh families recently. ​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

In a second instance of the kind, a military source says Daesh​​ killed​​ six​​ civilians​​ in Tal Afar​​ after accusing them of​​ cooperating with the Iraqi Army. He says​​ the​​ killers escaped to​​ an​​ unknown destination after committing their crime. He also said​​ Daesh threatened the residents of several​​ villages around Tal Afar against cooperating with the Iraqi Army. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Iraqi Army units found 5 IEDS in Shandoukha village​​ and 5 more in Omar Bandan village, all safely destroyed. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Daesh terrorists are sneaking from the desert near Dashisha​​ in eastern​​ Hasaka to western Ninewa to conduct terrorist attacks and return​​ across the border. The source said there are several villages​​ along​​ the way where the terrorists could hide. ​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

A security expert said that over 500 Daesh fighters are present in Erbil and threaten 3 provinces. [BaghdadToday]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

A Turkish prosecutor said on Wednesday, for the first time, that​​ Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of a premeditated killing, and his body was​​ then​​ dismembered and disposed of.​​ The​​ chief Istanbul prosecutor also said Wednesday that discussions with​​ the​​ Saudis​​ have been ineffective despite Turkish efforts.​​ [Yahoo]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Turks want the defendants tried in Turkey, not an unreasonable demand given that the crime occurred in Turkey.​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Washington announced on Wednesday evening its “distress” over the Turkish bombardment of the YPG in Kobane and Tal Abyad. ​​ [Rudaw]

On Wednesday, the SDF announced that it had to halt its operation against Daesh due to a Turkish assault on Kobane and Tal Abyad. [VDC]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This looks like an Erdogan trial balloon, to see whether the US reacts to Turkish moves against the SDF and YPG west of the Euphrates. The swift response from Washington was therefore the right answer. One of the problems in dealing with Erdogan has been the inconsistency in US responses to his provocative moves. When a trial balloon rises safely without serious US objection, the next Turkish move is coming.

 

The​​ Turkish​​ Army says it killed 11 PKK fighters in airstrikes on​​ Sirnak​​ in southeast Turkey and​​ on​​ Ghara, Metina, and Zab in​​ northern​​ Iraqi Kurdistan.​​ The attacks were carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday.​​ [Anadolu]

 

The​​ Turkish Army said​​ its artillery killed 4 PKK fighters and wounded 6 others in​​ Kobane in​​ Syria. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

UN Secretary-General​​ Antonio Guterres has informed the Security Council that he wishes to appoint Norwegian diplomat Geir Pedersen as the next special envoy to Syria, to replace Staffan De Mistura,​​ who leaves​​ office next month. He says the new envoy will work​​ on​​ facilitating a comprehensive and trustworthy political solution that would meet​​ the​​ democratic aspirations of Syrian people. [Hawar]​​ [Aljazeera]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The goal is unassailable, but of course De Mistura has pursued that policy for several years already. The missing factor is the lack of consistent and uncompromising support from Washington for the UN’s position. Any democratic “political solution” requires an independently managed election (most likely by the UN). The bottom line of Assad’s strategy, with Russian support, is to avoid such an election if at all possible, while mouthing distracting platitudes about pursuing a “constitutional process.” However, the West still has a lot of clout in this situation if it will just use it, especially because Syrian reconstruction is almost impossible without a lot of outside money.

 

Foreign policy

United States

James Jeffery, special US envoy​​ for​​ Syria,​​ says US is​​ not​​ making the​​ departure of Assad a precondition for​​ a political​​ settlement in Syria. He says the 3 US​​ conditions are: the​​ defeat of Daesh,​​ the withdrawal of Iran, and​​ initiating​​ an irrevocable political process. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This fits exactly with the comment above. The defeat of Daesh is not an issue (except to Daesh) and the withdrawal of Iran is attainable, especially with Russian support. The deft​​ distinction here is between demanding Assad’s departure as a precondition for the political process, which had been a declared US policy, and focusing the process instead on an independently managed election. Assad could even be allowed to run. The bottom line is then the assurance that if Assad chooses to run for re-election and loses, he will step aside. This is presumably what Jeffery means by “irrevocable.” Of course, this is exactly where Assad and Putin don’t want to go, but Assad’s position is not unassailable in spite of many commentaries to the contrary, and the West and allied Arab countries could move the process in the right direction if they establish a clear policy​​ in support of a UN process​​ and back it up.

 

Qasioun reported that​​ that​​ the US​​ intends​​ to extend punitive measures against the Assad regime,​​ including sanctions on businessmen and institutions. [Qasioun]

 

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the Iranian presence in Syria is not of benefit to the Iranian people, and if Iranian authorities cared about its citizens, they would not be involved in such a war. [ElDorar]

 

Europe

The​​ French Intelligence Research center believes that Syrian President Al-Assad has not won the war despite​​ Syria’s recent​​ military achievements, saying that Syria may divide into areas of influence given the control of the SDF backed by the US of over 25% of Syrian territories. It says​​ they are​​ not likely to withdraw​​ from Syria, and Daesh is still in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

The​​ Democratic​​ Self-Administration” in north Syria criticized European states for refusing to take back their Daesh citizens. The administration lamented that the SDF still held about 790 men (and over a thousand women and children) from 46 countries, who did not offer to​​ extradite them.​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

A British-Canadian citizen called on the YPG to release his son, who has been imprisoned for 18 months in Syria. He called the government of Canada to help him to release his son, saying 9 Canadians are held in Syria. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Are they supposed to ignore his alleged crimes and just hand him over to Daddy?

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A local Kurdish website reported on Wednesday that the Syrian government intends​​ to take control of Qamishli and Hasaka. [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said it targeted a vehicle carrying six SDF members with an IED on Al-Saqiya​​ Street, in Raqqa, with a hand grenade on Tuesday, killing or wounding several of them. [ICDNOct31]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

SOHR​​ reported that​​ Tahrir Al-Sham and​​ the National Liberation Front in Idlib reached a truce​​ stipulating an​​ instant ceasefire and a release of prisoners on both sides.​​ A committee is to be formed to investigate the killing of 2​​ persons and to keep Atqa village neutral as well as​​ negotiate​​ mutual withdrawals from agreed areas. [SyriaHR]

 

An IED exploded near Dana town​​ north of Idlib,​​ killing​​ one​​ civilian night guard and​​ wounding several others. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR​​ says Coalition planes attacked Daesh targets in Deir Ez-Zor. The number of SDF “special forces“
fighters deployed in the area reached 700, in addition to the 2,000 fighters of the Shuaitat tribe, which ​​ lost dozens of its tribesmen when Daesh controlled the area. [
SyriaHR]

 

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

SOHR​​ reported that a Coalition airstrike killed 9 Daesh fighters in Deir Ez-Zor District, interrupting an exchange of gunfire with the SDF. [SyriaHR]

 

Mayadin​​ District

SOHR​​ says a local SDF official was​​ shot and killed by a​​ men believed to belong to a Daesh sleeper cell. The incident took place in the Dhiban area. SDF responded with an arrest campaign, arresting 10 Syrian Daesh members and others from different nationalities. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun near Al-Mayadin Bridge, in Dhiban town, on Tuesday. [ICDNOct31]]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Major General Igor Konashenkov, chief spokesman of Russian Defense Ministry said Daesh has initiated over 57 terrorist attacks on SDF forces since the beginning of September, killing and wounding over 300 SDF fighters.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This explanation puts a lot of recent troubling stories from Albu Kamal in perspective. The lack of a similarly clear explanation from the US government should be an issue, but the likely calculation is that​​ it​​ doesn’t want to admit​​ that the Albu Kamal campaign has suffered a setback, especially because the US has ground troops in Albu Kamal to help the SDF. Much of the explanation is likely a Daesh human shields strategy that makes it difficult to bomb or direct artillery at Daesh targets without killing civilians.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Coalition planes killed 8 Daesh terrorists, including a Kurdish commander, in an airstrike near Al-Susah. ​​ 

 

Ahmed Nasrallah, commander of the PMF in west Anbar on the Iraqi side of the border, says 2 Daesh commanders who had led attacks on the SDF in Deir Ez-Zor (Abu Sayyaf and Abu Laith) were killed by​​ artillery​​ shelling near Al-Baghouz, near the Iraqi border. [Qasioun][Hawar]

 

A security source within Al-Jazeera Ops Command in Anbar reported on Wednesday that security forces closed all the gaps left behind by the SDF along the Syria-Iraq border. The forces were​​ comprised of the 28th and 27th brigades of the Iraqi Army, Border Patrol, and large units of the PMF. [Dijlah]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

Daesh said on Wednesday it stopped several Syrian Army attacks in the Al-Safa Hills area, killing or wounding 33 soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [ICDNOct31]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Secretary of Defense James Mattis called​​ on​​ warring parties in Yemen for a ceasefire within 30 days,​​ at​​ a symposium​​ of​​ the​​ US Institute of​​ Peace in Washington DC. [Zamanalwasl]​​ [C-SPAN]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said it damaged an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier with an IED south of the Arish Airport, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it damaged an Egyptian Army bulldozer with an IED near the Arafat security barrier, in the Bal’a area in Rafah, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

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Libya/Tunisia

A Tunisian terror index​​ has​​ reported​​ that​​ a large percentage of terrorist recruitment efforts have concentrated on females.​​ [Faceiraq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

Russia

An explosion that took place near Russian Federal Security building in Arkhangelsk​​ in​​ western​​ Russia killed​​ one​​ and wounded​​ three​​ persons. [Hawar]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Officials said that at least seven people were killed and five others wounded when a suicide terrorist attacked a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s biggest prison on Wednesday.

Police spokesman Basir Mujahid said the terrorist hit a vehicle​​ in which​​ staff of Pul-e-Charkhi prison were traveling in Kabul. The attacker was on foot, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. The terrorist struck as the bus was entering the jail​​ on the east​​ side​​ of the Afghan capital. [NDTV]

Daesh said it killed or wounded 20 people in the attack, and published a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNOct31] [ICDNOct31]

 

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan authorities say they​​ arrested a 28 year​​ old man on charges of funding Daesh. The man transferred over $100,000 to Daesh in Syria. He used a fake ID and was arrested on October 14.​​ Around 500​​ men and women​​ from​​ Kyrgyzstan joined Daesh and similar groups in Syria and Iraq in the past few years.​​ [Hawar]

 

DAESH MEDIA

Daesh Media

Daesh published on Wednesday a photo of one of its terrorists claiming he was killed in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNOct31]

 

 

 

October 30, 2018